Amsterdam News Staff

If you live in New York City and are looking for work, the Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local Union 137 is currently conducting recruitments every Monday until Feb. 8, 2016, for sign hanger and rigger apprentices.

Announced by the New York Department of Labor, New Yorkers can obtain applications at 21-42 44th Drive, Long Island City, N.Y., every Monday between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon (excluding legal holidays). A union spokesperson told the AmNews that applicants must have a valid driver’s license and proof of a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma to receive an application.

Apprentices must also pay union dues of $48 each month and an initiation fee equal to six months of dues ($288), with the initiation fee paid in monthly installments along with the dues. This means apprentices have to pay two times the dues rate ($96) for the first six months to pay off the initiation fee.

According to the union, apprentices must also sign a statement indicating that they’re physically able to perform the work of a  sheet metal worker, including working with sharp objects and hazardous machinery, and possible exposure to loud noises and respiratory irritants, prolonged standing, climbing, walking, repeated squatting and bending, working in severe weather conditions and extreme temperatures, working in confined spaces, lifting and moving objects and equipment weighing up to 100 pounds and working on ladders and scaffolds at heights of 100 feet or more.

Other requirements include the ability to pass a required math and reading test and being willing to travel within the jurisdiction of Local Union 137, which includes the five boroughs of New York City and Nassau and Suffolk counties. Applicants must provide a military transfer card or discharge form DD-214, if applicable, after selection and before indenture.

If applicants want further information, they can contact their nearest New York State Department of Labor office or call Local 137 at 718-937-4514.